Over 430 Citadel Alumni have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Citadel alumni have served in every national conflict since the Mexican War, including the Civil War, Indian Campaigns, U.S. Expeditionary Force/Central America, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Persian Gulf, and the Global War on Terror.
To our Citadel Patriot dead who have immortalized our core values by performing their DUTY, serving with HONOR, and sacrificing their lives, we owe our eternal RESPECT.
However, The Citadel currently lacks an appropriate war memorial to offer tribute to those alumni who gave their lives serving our nation.
The vision for this project originated with The Citadel Class of 1967, and The Citadel and The Citadel Foundation have collaborated to develop an appropriate war memorial as a class project organized around the Class of 1967’s 50th reunion.
Other public colleges have war memorials, but The Citadel’s will be unique. The memorial design is one of remembrance, reverence, and reflection. The memorial will be appropriately located on an elevated piece of ground adjacent to Summerall Chapel and in front of the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Bell Tower and Columbarium, adjacent to the Mark Clark gravesite.
The walls will be black marble with etchings for each conflict. The etchings will provide context for the sacrifice of Citadel lives and list the names of those who have fallen in combat.
The Citadel War Memorial will become a gathering place of honor and reverence on campus for visitors and alumni.
What You Can Do
The construction and dedication of the War Memorial are planned to coincide with The Citadel’s 175th Anniversary in2017. The five-year fundraising drive is being coordinated to coincide with the Class of 1967’s 45th and 50th reunions.
Now is the time to ensure this memorial becomes a reality to appropriately honor those Citadel alumni who paid the ultimate price in defense of our nation.
As a member of the Class of 1967, and in honor of the 10 classmates we lost in Vietnam, you are asked to consider making a major commitment to this project. The class fundraising goal for this project is $1 million. We are well on our way toward reaching this goal, but we will need all of our classmates to step up and participate in this worthy endeavor.
We can all give some to honor those who gave all.